Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us
We live in the age of the individual.
We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular. This is our culture’s image of the perfect self. We see this person everywhere: in advertising, in the press, all over social media. We’re told that to be this person you just have to follow your dreams, that our potential is limitless, that we are the source of...more
In this engaging study, Will Storr inves ...more
We’re lumps of biology, mashed and pounded into shape by mostly chance events. Our ‘human potential’ is limited. But this isn’t the model of self that our culture keeps showing us. Instead, we’re presented with an individual who has total free ...more
Will Storr interviews a young woman who has hundreds of thousands of selfies stored on memory cards, a hard drive and a sagging, overburdened iCloud. She frequently works through the night to edit and filter her daily quota of new images in readiness for disseminating them on social media. The unexamined life may not be worth living, but do all lives deserve to be examined in such redundant detail? Storr’s informant goes on to confess that she feels most alive when slashing her flesh with a razo ...more
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First few chapter more like a psychology book, it helps you understand about self which carve for perfection in order to compete with this world. Some commit suicide coz of not matching it. And interesting chapter like Tribal Self and Perfectible Self
Introduction of Ayn Rand and her team about Self Esteem and Neoliberalism occupy the most of the pages and more like economics and business book
finally Digital Self and ...more
However, i find it hard to follow the story and connect one string with another. Often it feels so jumpy, maybe because my lack of presence. I was reading and reading and reading and finally i realize don't understand the point he's trying to tell. But the last chapter saved it all.
The contemporary self-centred culture we live in is sardonically introduced with a chapter about suicide. Turns out, one of the motivations for suicide can be perfectionism turned sour.
People who believe in the - false - mantra “You can be anything you wanna be” and fail along the way (pretty much the vast majority of us) have a greater chance ...more
"We've found this relationship between social perfectionism and suicidality in all populations where we've done the work, including both the disadvantaged and the affluent."
The problem isn't that we're becoming more perfectioni ...more
Reminded me a lot of Oliver Burkeman’s ‘The Antidote: Happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking’, which is another excellent read.
I thought the first few chapters on Greece and Catholicism were slightly weaker and underdeveloped vs. the later ones on self-esteem and the emergence in the 70s/80s of the 'cult of narciss ...more
It's a perfect mix of relevant academic literature exploration, general overview of the subject as well as captivating storytelling throughout.
Really makes you think and try to understand one of the most complicated and interesting subjects - the human brain.
I didn't find it difficult to read and it kept a good pace filled with interesting information.
It was refreshing to learn the self esteem movement was actually a contrived beast right from the outset as opposed to some kind of natural default in western society.